The Effects of Female Sports Participation on Alcohol Behavior

Author
Abstract

Most existing research on the effects of girls’ participation in high school sports focuses on short term
outcomes without accounting for selection effects. In this research, I examine the effect of athletic
participation in high school on longer term outcomes, using Title IX as a source of exogenous variation in
athletic participation. I use the change in girls’ sports participation between cohorts within high schools
surveyed by the High School and Beyond Survey to measure the effect of participation in high school
sports on women's later alcohol behavior. I find that several years after high school, women in cohorts
within high schools exposed to more athletics, drink substantially more alcohol than women within the
same high school exposed to less athletics. Relative to the mean alcohol behavior of the sample, these
differences are both statistically significant and sizable.

Year of Publication
2008
Number
528
Date Published
05/2008
Publication Language
eng
Citation Key
8266
URL
Working Papers